Dec. 2 – Cole Arthur Riley – This Here Flesh [Advent Calendar]

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December 2


This Here Flesh:
Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us

Cole Arthur Riley

Hardback: Convergent Books, 2022
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“This Here Flesh is a gospel to what we remember. This book is rigorous, joyous, complex, and honest, and tells the story of how we get free. It is a story that would not let me go.”

  • Danté Stewart, author of Shoutin’ in the Fire

This Here Flesh is a captivating spiritual meditation where ‘Black words live in dignity, lament, rage, and hope.’ It explores how spirituality can heal the body, heal the stories we inherit, and give language to the deepest experiences of the human. By attending to the particularity of her Black female body, and the stories of her ancestors, Riley creates a sacred space for the reader to attend to their own body, the stories of their own ancestors, and the liberation that already is and is to come if only we are brave enough to hear its sound.


*** LISTEN to a podcast conversation
that the author had with Amy Julia Becker …


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